X Men Origins – Wolverine Review and What’s Next From the X Men Movie Scene?

X Men – what a fabulous concept. Haven’t we all wanted to possess superhuman powers? I know I have. As I didn’t see this movie in the cinema, I couldn’t wait to rent my personal copy when X Men Origins: Wolverine came out on September the 15th this year. Since the beginning of the original X Men hit in 2000, there have been an array of predefining films building story upon story. You could say that sequels never really live up to the first ever film. I decided to take up the task of casting my critical beady eye over the recent release. Was it worth the wait? This is what I found….

One of the striking successes of this film and the others has been the ability of the producers to consistently produce the same technical levels for a film with super quality and great pictures. Without this it just wouldn’t feel the same and sometimes I feel we do not credit the shows producers enough for this element of production.

Let’s cut to the chase now. What was the story? Hugh Jackman returned to the big screen in the role that made him the star – Wolverine . Anyone with a fascination for Wolverine would have loved discovering all about his past as I did. The opening montage took us on a film of his contribution to the American war through the decades. The story starts with a young Wolverine as James Howlett. His hidden skeletons included being witness to the murder of his father at the hands of another man claiming to be his ‘real’ dad. Then as Logan, he and his brother Victor find out that they possess superhuman powers combined with an intense rage that will ultimately provide them both with the source of strength that they need to fight in combat. They both have razor sharp claws to boot. They become embroiled in military combat.

Then enter another player in the field,Stryker. In this film he sheds light on his connection to Wolverine.Stryker actively recruits mutants to his team to carry out orders from the US military. The team comprises of individuals with unusual powers. Such powers included master marksman, an electricity master, a strong man, a teleporter, expert swordsmen not to mention the sharp nails of Vistor and steely razor-sharp claws of Logan. Logan is reluctant to battle particularly when an African village is massacred. Logan quits and spends the next years in the Canadian Rockies working as a lumberjack.

As luck would have it when you’re making a blockbuster, Logan was never going to live happily ever after. Big brother Vistor turns up. He’d been killing off members from the old unit and when their confrontation ends in tragedy, Logan sees red. Stryker makes him a deal to become part of his new team again in return for bringing his brother Victor down. An offer he could just simply not say no to. This would involve a risky process in which Logan’s bones would be bonded with adamantium, this would turn him into Wolverine for us adoring fans.

This simple but dramatic story of revenge is what X Men Origins: Wolverine is all about. We learn more about his character traits again. A tale of where he has a great sense of uneasiness as to who he is, conflict rages.
I give this film a grand 9/10. Why? It filled me with plenty of emotion, all different types; it was fast paced and well grafted together. So, now that I’ve seen that, I want to see the next but what is it going to be?

Rumours are rife and David Goyer who has been tasked to write and direct Magneto, said ” that Fox are trying to decide if making a young X Men film makes the most sense now”.

In the meantime why not enjoy a great film trailer of X Men Origins: Wolverine at the x men toys site just enough to stimulate your imagination on a journey into a world where you either fight, die or survive. This fast paced trailer will just wet your appetite for more…..

Whatever is decided, I just cannot wait for another super brilliant sequel to hit our screens and provide us with another opportunity to savour more from the X Men.

So it sounds like there’s a face-off between Deadpool, Magneto and First Class at Fox right now. Who do you think will win and get the green light first? Where do you place your bet? Could it also be about Storm? We sure as hell could do with a strong woman taking centre stage. Let us know who you want to see next on the big screen and why?

Planet 51 Movie and Planet 51 Toys For Your Kids – Lem, Chuck and the Mini Military ATV

Toys as far as the eye can see, you can see different toys at the markets. Thousands upon thousands of gifts. You are probably up to your ears in year-end shopping for your little kid or some other boy or girl on your list of shopping. You may not realize what is the most popular toy right now. But this can easily be fixed by one new film that has been showing in theaters. Planet 51, which is a great movie for kids to watch, has had multiple Planet 51 toys that have been issued already, and there is more to come.

The Planet 51 movie opens like most of the 1950 ‘s era science fiction motion pictures. You see a boy and girl alien from the Planet 51 sitting in a drive in viewing a film, when all of a sudden an alien appears. This stranger is known by the Planet 51 occupants as the Humaniacs and its mission is to goal the life on Planet 51 or to transform the Planet 51 people into zombies. The humaniac stalks the Planet 51 boy and girl and leads you to think it either think them or think them into zombies. At the height of this scene of the Planet 51 movie you realize that what you are actually watching on screen is a movie and a little boy is sitting in the cinema watching it, until his mother pulls him out of the theater.

Then the true Planet 51 movie carries on and we then meet Lem, a gangly teen who finally just found the occupation of his dreams at the museum. Lem gets an assistant curator job and the entire village goes about applauding the boy. Lem then finds the woman of his fantasies Nessa. Nessa is the world to Lem and he has yearned for her for a years. Lem now has increased assurance with his job so he wants to ask her out but her very hippy buddy keeps getting in the way of her. Lem gives up and leaves.

Later on that day the inhabitants of Planet 51 hear a booming sound. Lem, as most people come from Planet 51 out from their houses. Lem sees a strange rocket, which they refer to as a flying saucer, ming down and land land on Planet 51. It lands and out strides Chuck the spaceman (from Earth, you can tell, because he appears quite human). The Cosmonaut is unaware that the Planet 51 residents are there behind him. Chuck steps off his lunar module and after placing the flag on Planet 51 soil planting on a rubber ducky. The Cosmonaut unknowing of know Planet 51 has life on it. He surveys the Planet 51 inhabitants and screams. Chuck rushes around and hides. During one part Chuck is trying to run away and falls and behind him you see the moon. The Cosmonaut goes up over the moon. This is an acknowledgement of the film ET the extraterrestrial. Chuck goes under cover and then the military shows up up checking out Chuck ‘s rocket. The military is commanded by General Grawl who does not want any Martians to come to his Planet 51 and he has no want to be transformed into a zombie.

General Grawl sets up his military an the Military ATV ‘s around the space craft and decides to set base. Lem ‘s residence is his decision. There is only one dilemma, Lem has now made buddies with the Cosmonaut agreeing to cover him. Chuck and Lem had walked into each other at the museum and frightened one another half to death. Chuck made Lem feel bad for him so Lem opted to assist Chuck. When they learn that General Grawl is going to set up his base at Lem ‘s house the Cosmonaut and Lem get away, barely from the soldiers with their Military ATV ‘s. Chuck and Lem with the assistance of from Rover and two zombie soldiers hide|cover|conceal Chuck in the comic book market. They decide to use the media to prove the Cosmonaut is not a zombie driven, Planet 51 inhabitant eater or a freak. Lem leaves to find the media but while he is away Chuck quotes lines from Star Wars and Terminator. The Cosmonaut is watched by the newsman who films and plays this story all over Planet 51, terrifying the residents even more.

Chuck and Lem eventually escape from this problem and later on that night at a costume party everything is going wonderfully. Everyone opts to dress up as Chuck the astronaut. What a best time for Chuck to flee to his rocket and ship Planet 51. It of course space craft. Chuck is seen being a bit taller than the other aliens and his Flag on the side of his costume is a dead giveaway that sets out the Cosmonaut clearly from the Planet 51 habitants. General Grawl along with the professor trail them with the Military ATVs and eventually catch Chuck and Lem. Lem is allowed to to go while Chuck and Rover are detained somewhere else. You then see military ATV ‘s coming to try to move the Rocket of Chuck ‘s. General Grawl says that the flying saucer will be transported with the Military ATV and held at an undisclosed place hidden on Planet 51. You soon enough learn about Base 9 which is a secret base.

Lem chooses that he ‘s not going to help the Cosmonaut at first but then he changes his mind. He and the rest of the group including Nessa and her groovy hippy friend all come to aid Chuck. Lem and buddies are successful in rescuing Chuck and getting him back to his spaceship. When leaving Base 9 starts to explode and the Cosmonaut goes back to revisits General Grawl. This changes General Grawl ‘s thoughts about Chuck. He takes them all back to their Planet 51 and Chuck belief home. It is then shown that the Cosmonaut has a stowaway dog from Planet 51 aboard. Makes you wonder what Chuck does when he discovers the dog.

This Planet 51 is great, and with this delightful motion picture what better way to celebrate it than to get some of the Planet 51 movie toys that come out with this funny film. Your boy or girl will adore these Planet 51 movie toys. You can do a search online for Planet 51 toys and discover several to select from. One popular toy you can find is the Mini Military ATV. This Planet 51 toy is sure to make any child happy and add hours of enjoyment to any kid’s home.

These Mini Military ATV ‘s will add hours of fun for your boy or girl and allow them to remake many fun scenes. Like the Planet 51 movie scene where the Military ATV ‘s roll up the initial time to see the Cosmonaut ‘s ship or the time when they go to steal it. Your come can also have their Military ATV to go on fun journeys.

You can do also online and look for other Planet 51 toys, like the 3 inch figures Chuck, Lem, the Mini Bump & Go Rover and the 3 inch soldier figurines. These toy soldiers are precise copies of the aliens of Planet 51. Then, as stated previously, you may select to add the mini vehicle figure 2-pack Military truck & tank toy. The military tank and truck toys are very well crafted and very sturdy. The toys look just like the ones that are used in the Planet 51 movie. Remember when searching that the Planet 51 toys are very new and can be quite hard to find, and may be even out of stock already, but once you discover one you should find them all. As you may already have guessed, one Planet 51 toys will not suffice for your child, and you may need to add a few more Planet 51 movie toys to start the collection. His/Her Birthday may be close too and you will already have an inkling on what toy to buy, Guess what? Another few Planet 51 movie toys!

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Top 10 Doris Day Movies

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1922, Doris Day aspired to be a professional dancer but a car accident forced her to reassess her career as she spent part of her teenage years in a wheel chair recovering. Taking to singing on radio instead it wasn’t until 1948 that Doris made her first movie as Miss Georgia Garrett in “It’s Magic” (originally known as “Romance on the High Seas”). And so her movie career began which would span 20 years and 39 movies before she left the big screen and went to the small screen with her TV show “The Doris Day Show” which ran from 1968 – 1973.

Often regarded as the “eternal virgin” thanks mainly to a series of movies where the subject of sex was taboo, Day was in fact a very accomplished actress capable of delivering comedy, romance as well as heavy drama and of course was able to sing and dance as well. A seriously well rounded star who was top box-office star for 1963 and is often regarded as the ‘all-time’ top female box office star.

During her career she starred opposite some of Hollywood’s major stars such as Gordon MacRae, David Niven, Clark Gable, Kirk Douglas, James Stewart, Gig Young, Howard Keel, James Garner, Jack Lemmon and of course Rock Husdon whose trio of movies that they made together are some of her most popular.

Whilst it’s fair to say that some of Doris Day’s movies were remarkably similar with a recurring theme of being either a career minded young woman or duped by a man they worked well and made for some marvelous movies made memorable usually by at least one musical scene showcasing Day’s wonderful singing voice.

From out of her 39 movies it is actually quite difficult to narrow it down to just 10 but here is my personal choice for the “Top 10 Doris Day Movies”.

#10 Teacher’s Pet (1958)

The first movie to see what would become a very familiar storyline as Doris Day plays a career minded woman duped by a man pretending to be someone else. Here we watch Doris Day play Erica Stone a lecturer in journalism who ends up being duped by James Gannon (Clark Gable) a bit city newspaper editor who initially wants to give Stone a piece of his mind but ends up falling for her. The trouble is he pretends to be someone else when they meet and you know it will cause problem when his true identity is revealed.

Although “Teacher’s Pet” would be the first of these romantic-comedies which featured very similar storylines it was noticeable for the fact that Doris Day played things straight, whilst still delivering that charming and lovable performance which would fill many of these romantic comedies. Instead we had Clark Gable delivering the comedy as James Gannon with a wonderful array of face pulling with makes “Teacher’s Pet” a hugely enjoyable movie.

#9 Young Man With a Horn (1950)

In all fairness “Young Man With a Horn” or “Young Man of Music” as it is also known is not really a Doris Day movie rather than a Kirk Douglas movie with Doris Day in a supporting role. But the story of Rick Martin (Kirk Douglas) who learns to play the trumpet from legendary musician Art Hazzard and goes on to become a troubled star musician is a brilliant movie full of drama, emotion and music as well as a little comedy.

It is a brilliant performance from Kirk Douglas in the lead role but Doris Day is equally as good even in the lesser role of songstress Jo Jordan who ends up becoming a close friend to Rick. Although she only gets to sing 4 songs in the movie each one is beautiful done and in between each of these songs Day shows what a talented actress she is, so natural in every scene.

#8 It Happened to Jane (1959)

In the same year that Doris Day would make her first movie with Rock Hudson she also made another romantic comedy, this time with Jack Lemmon and Ernie Kovacs. In “It Happened to Jane” Doris plays Jane Osgood a career minded mother who breeds and sells lobsters who finds herself taking on the might of Harry Foster Malone (Ernie Kovacs) the owner of a train line which cost her a lot of money in dead lobsters. With the help of her best friend, lawyer George Denham (Jack Lemmon) she battles Malone in anyway she can but despite her troubles things may turn out alright in more sense than one.

With the exception of “Teacher’s Pet” prior to “It Happened to Jane” the majority of Doris Day’s romantic movies had largely been largely musicals. But here we had Day showing her ability in a more straight forward romantic comedy with barely a musical scene in sight, except for one heavily manufactured one featuring “Be Prepared”. What makes this movie feature in my “Top 10 Doris Day Movies” is the combination of Doris Day and Jack Lemmon who between them light up the screen with a perfect amount of comedy.

#7 The Thrill of It All (1963)

“The Thrill of It All” would be the first of Doris Day and James Garner’s 2 movies together and see once more Doris Day taking on a familiar role of a house wife and mother. During a dinner party Beverly Boyer (Doris Day), wife of obstetrician Gerald (James Garner), regales the hosts with a tale about how she used ‘Happy Soap’ to wash her children’s hair, as it happens her hosts are the owners of ‘Happy Soap’. Before she knows it Beverly is the new face of ‘Happy Soap’ making adverts, appearing on bill boards and being wined and dined at big socials. All of which ends up annoying Gerald who barely sees his wife causing a rift in their happy marriage.

Although their second movie together, “Move Over, Darling” would end up a bigger box-office success I prefer “The Thrill of It All” out of Doris Day and James Garner’s 2 movies together. It’s for the most rather routine with Doris Day playing that beautiful and slightly kooky house wife to James Garner’s tall dark and handsome husband but it’s full of memorable, funny scenes. The fake posing for the billboard and the swimming pool full of suds are two of just many innocently amusing moments in a movie full of them.

#6 On Moonlight Bay (1951)

In her 20 year movie career and despite making several movies which used the same sort of storyline Doris Day only made one sequel which was “By the Light of the Silvery Moon”. The predecessor to it was the beautifully titled “On Moonlight Bay” which saw Day take on the role of Marjie Winfield a tomboy who falls for Bill Sherman (Gordon MacRae). The trouble is that Bill has some unorthodox views on relationships and marriage and also on a few other things which end up annoying Marjie’s father George.

Although “On Moonlight Bay” has a storyline, in fact it has a few storylines it is very much a musical with numerous musical moments featuring either the wonderful Doris Day or the equally wonderful Gordon MacRae and often together. But it is the way everything comes together to make a thoroughly pleasant and charming movie, completely innocent and a lot of fun.

#5 The Pajama Game (1957)

This would be the last of Doris Day’s movies which were firstly musical and drama second but it is surprisingly good fun. Set in the Sleeptite Pajama Factory Doris plays Babe Williams a union rep who finds herself coming up against new superintendent Sid Sorokin (John Raitt) who falls head over heels for her, except business and pleasure start to make things rather messy especially as Babe’s fellow workers want a rise.

“The Pajama Game” has it roots as a Broadway musical and what makes the screen version work is that it feels like you are watching a stage musical. With many of the Broadway cast reprising their roles for the movie and with a vibrant styling which really brings it to life it is a very entertaining movie. And of course it features Doris Day at her feisty best as she plays up against John Raitt whilst delivering plenty of cheerful musical numbers.

#4 Love Me or Leave Me (1955)

During her career Doris Day performed in a few movies which were based or inspired by real people, in “Love Me or Leave Me” she stars as Ruth Etting in a fictionalized account of the jazz singer’s life. Having been spotted by Chicago hood Marty Snyder (James Cagney) Ruth goes from a wannabee singer to a major star, but with Snyder controlling her life the public image Ruth presented was vastly different to her unhappy private one.

What makes Doris Day’s performance in “Love Me or Leave Me” so brilliant comes in hindsight of information that Doris Day revealed in her autobiography. Day herself suffered an unhappy marriage to Martin Melcher who basically controlled her life and much of which almost mirrors what you watch in “Love Me or Leave Me”. As such there is a real sense of pain and emotion in many of the scenes in the movie where Snyder inflicts his rage and control over Ruth. Plus of course being a movie about a singer means we get plenty of brilliant musical moments including renditions of “Ten Cents a Dance” and “I’ll Never Stop Loving You”.

#3 By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953)

As already mentioned “By the Light of the Silvery Moon” is the equally beautifully titled sequel to “On Moonlight Bay” and follows a very similar storyline with Marjie Winfield still having relationship issues with Bill who having agreed to marry her before heading off to war returns not quite ready to walk down the aisle. And that’s not the only problem as other member’s of the Winfield household are having a few issues.

To many “By the Light of the Silvery Moon” is inferior to “on Moonlight Bay” and basically just rehashes the whole storyline, which in all fairness it does. But to me it has a lot more charm especially with the wintry setting and memorable ending on the frozen pond with a wonderful family sing-a-long. It also helps that Day is at her cutest best as Marjie easy on the eyes and easy to fall in love with.

#2 Pillow Talk (1959)

It may come as a surprise to some but Doris Day and Rock Hudson only made 3 movie together, although it often feels like more because Day made several similar movies all of with quite similar handsome stars. Their first movie together was “Pillow Talk” with saw Day playing Jan Morrow who shares a party phone line with Brad Allen (Rock Hudson) much to her annoyance as he hogs the line with calls to and from various women. But when Allen finds himself in the company of Morrow he has a bit of fun pretending to be an out of town Texan called Rex Stetson, except what started as a bit of fun turns into more when they genuinely fall for each other.

As already mentioned Doris Day made several similar movies and here again we see her being duped by a man pretending to be someone else. It is the best version of this type of storyline thanks to the amazing chemistry between Doris Day and Rock Hudson making it extremely funny and quite romantic, which in an ironic way is quite funny thanks to certain revelations about both of the stars. And despite the concept of Day being duped by another man had already been done it is the one most people remember with Day delivering her kooky, face pulling comedy to the max whilst Hudson charms his way through every scene.

#1 Calamity Jane (1953)

And finally my number 1 Doris Day movie in my list of “Top 10 Doris Day Movies” and it has to be the award winning “Calamity Jane”. In “Calamity Jane” Doris Day stars as Jane a feisty Indian tracker in the town of Deadwood who likes to boast a little too much. When the owner of the local saloon is desperate to get someone to perform, Jane boasts she can bring back acclaimed stage performer Adelaid Adams from Chicago to perform on their small stage. But having headed off to Chicago Jane mistakes Adelaid’s maid Kate for the big star and returns with her instead. Well it all comes out that Jane didn’t bring back Adelaid but her and Kate become friends leaving to a bit of unexpected rivalry in the romantic department.

From the opening scene with the lively “The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away)” right through to the credits “Calamity Jane” is an out and out classic musical full of big musical song and dance numbers which makes the storyline almost unimportant despite not being that bad. But why “Calamity Jane” is my number 1 movie is because it showcases everyone of Doris Day’s wonderful talents from dancing, singing, comedy as well as a touch of drama and alongside solid performances from Howard Keel, Allyn Ann McLerie and Philip Carey there is not a single dull moment in it’s entire length.